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The Big Bash League is Australia’s premier domestic Twenty20 cricket competition.
Riding on the success of the Indian Premier League, the Big Bash was formed in 2011 with eight teams based in six cities. Sydney and Melbourne were both given two teams, while Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth have a single team each.
The most recent champions of the BBL are the Adelaide Strikers, who brought up their maiden title after beating the Hobart Hurricanes at the Adelaide Oval in the final.
The inaugural Big Bash League was won by the Sydney Sixers, who recorded a seven-wicket win over Perth Scorchers at the WACA.
The Brisbane Heat, under the tutelage of Darren Lehmann, won the second edition, before the Perth Scorchers went back-to-back in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The Sydney Thunder won their maiden title in 2015-16 after enduring a torrid first four seasons from which they reaped three wooden spoons and no finals appearances.
The Perth Scorchers then brought up a third title in the 2016-17 season, defeating the Sydney Sixers at the WACA by nine wickets.
The 2018-19 Big Bash fixtures have been announced, with the season running from Wednesday, December 19 and ro Sunday, February 17.
The BBL is being brought across the country a bit more this season, with the Hobart Hurricanes set to play some matches in Launceston, the Melbourne Renegades taking some matches to Geelong, and the Brisbane Heat taking some of their home games to the Gold Coast.
The eight teams that feature in the Big Bash League are:
Similar to the Indian Premier League, each team is able to sign up to 18 players, unrestricted by traditional state-defined boundaries that other Australian domestic cricket competitions have, with each side also able to sign two overseas-based players on their roster.